Fatima and Divine Mercy

03-26-2017Our Catholic Faith

Three: God’s Number

Fatima is famous for its “triads”, that is , groups of three related things: Three shepherds; three days in prison; the revelation of the Holy Trinity; three apparitions of the Angel; three petitions of Our Lady: Meditative Prayer, Penance, Eucharistic Reparation; three parts of the secret of Fatima; three times that the Angels call for Penance at the allegory of the third part of the secret…Now, the hour of mercy is 3:00 p.m., when our Lord Jesus Christ died at the Cross. At this hour of the day, the Mercy of God is stronger and more efficacious, thanks to Meditative Prayer, the chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Spiritual Perfection

Fatima and Divine Mercy are focused on making people closer to God, closer to holiness, closer to spiritual perfection. As the Gospel says: “Be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.” The call to perfection, to an intimate life with Christ is the soul of both devotions that essentially are complementary to each other. But, most important of all, is the conversion of poor sinners. The Good Lord in the Cross is thirsty of sinners who convert and do penance. Our Lady of Fatima said that God wants to establish in the world the devotion to her Immaculate Heart for the conversion of sinners.

The Role of John Paul II

A major resemblance between Fatima and Divine Mercy is that of their protagonist: Pope John Paul II, who was called in a special way to both devotions. Our Lady of Fatima spared his life after the assassination attempt by intervening in a miraculous way to deviate the bullet that could have killed him. It was God’s will that he could give many more years of service to the Church and the world from the throne of Peter, becoming one of the greatest Popes of all times. Who could forget the three official visits of John Paul II to Fatima, his beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, his collegial consecration of the world from St. Peter’s , in compliance with the desires of the Lady from Heaven? Who can forget the special care taken to broadcast every First Saturday of the Month the meditation of the rosary through the Vatican’s Radio network?

John Paull II, who practiced through out his life the Carmelite spirituality invested in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, lived an extraordinary life of total entrustment to God, through Mary. No wonder why he departed to eternal life on a First Saturday of the Month, precisely on the eve of the day of Divine Mercy, Divine Mercy Sunday, On the 2 April, 2005 at 21.37 hours, the preferred son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary passed away to enter into the light of Christ resurrected, the Christ of Divine Mercy.

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